Tillerson Says U.S. Is Ready to Talk to Russia About No-Fly Zones in Syria

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Chief U.S. diplomat sounds optimistic note on Moscow in advance of Trump meeting with Putin

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson last month PHOTO: MANDEL NGAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the U.S. was prepared to hold discussions with Russia on setting up no-fly zones in Syria, describing prospects for cooperation with Moscow in markedly optimistic terms despite tense relations between the two countries.

Mr. Tillerson’s comments, in a statement issued late Wednesday, come as he is leaving to meet President Donald Trump at a summit of leaders from the Group of 20 leading nations in Hamburg, Germany, where Mr. Trump and Russia’s president Vladimir Putin will meet face-to-face for the first time.

The chief U.S. diplomat said Mr. Trump would tell Mr. Putin that the U.S. was prepared to cooperate…

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